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Updated: October 9th, 2012 8:57pm
Sources: Vikings to determine Jerome Simpson's status Wednesday

Sources: Vikings to determine Jerome Simpson's status Wednesday

by Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings plan to determine their course of action with wide receiver Jerome Simpson on Wednesday after running tests the past two days, according to NFL sources.

Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday that Simpson was to undergo an MRI, which an NFL source said revealed an issue with his back. The Vikings were off Tuesday and are scheduled to resume practice on Wednesday morning.

It's believed that Simpson could have an issue with a disc that is causing weakness and numbness in one of his legs that first popped up on Sunday morning. The key question, and what is unknown at this point, is the extent of the injury and how Simpson and the Vikings will treat the issue.

They would prefer to pursue nonsurgical options. Doctors allowed Simpson to play last Sunday despite the fact he was experiencing the problem.

However, if Simpson needs microdiscetomy surgery, he would miss about six weeks, sidelining him through the team's Week 11 bye. If that's the case, the Vikings could use the NFL's new rule that enables them to place a player on injured reserve with the designation that he can be activated after eight weeks.

The Vikings signed Simpson to a one-year, $2 million contract in April to provide them with a vertical threat in the passing game. Simpson was suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and made his regular-season debut in a 20-13 victory over Detroit on Sept. 30.

Simpson caught four passes for 50 yards, including a long of 27 yards in that game, and also drew two pass interference penalties. He was slowed by the back issue in the Vikings' victory over Tennessee last Sunday and did not catch a pass. He was targeted three times.

Missing time would be costly for Simpson. His contract includes an $800,000 base value, of which he can only make $658,823.53 because he was suspended the first three games. He also has a $950,000 roster bonus that is worth $59,375 for every game in which he is on the 46-man game day roster.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Leslie Frazier, Jerome Simpson